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12:34 am, February 28, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

Work: DoD needs funding boost, but fixing readiness will take years

The military services say they've made some progress against the readiness levels they lost when sequestration first struck in 2013. The Pentagon's second- ranking official said Tuesday that momentum needs to be maintained, but DoD's challenges are as much about time as about money.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:17am EST

White House asking authorization for military to fight IS

Obama wants congressional backing to fight Islamic State, without 'enduring offensive combat'

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:04am EST

Fifty shades of blue, purple and red

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has got his crayons out as he tries to make sense of the political map based on how federal employees vote.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 03:00am EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

If Congress can't put together a spending plan for the Homeland Security Department by the end of the month, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says he may have to furlough 30,000 employees. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the current budget progress on Capitol Hill.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:43pm EST
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5 reasons AFGE is hopeful about the Republican Congress

"Those we can't sweet talk, we're going to work like hell to vote out of office," said AFGE President J. David Cox. But it may not get to that.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:07pm EST

30K furloughs imminent if Congress can't pass DHS spending bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he will have to furlough at least 30,000 employees if Congress doesn't pass a spending bill to cover DHS funding beyond Feb. 27.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 01:36pm EST

FACT CHECK: What are risks if Homeland Security shuts down?

FACT CHECK: Limited impact on national security if Homeland Security budget is shut off

Monday - 02/09/2015, 01:12pm EST

Fixing the SES: 'This used to be an honor. Now it's a joke.'

Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 05:00am EST

Congress stuck on Homeland Security funding, immigration

Congress stuck on Homeland Security funding, immigration as Democrats block debate again

Friday - 02/06/2015, 08:42am EST

Rep. Edwards makes another bid to repeal pension contribution increase

Rep. Donna Edwards reintroduces the Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act to rescind the laws requiring feds hired after 2013 to pay more into their pensions than those hired before them.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 04:47am EST

End of 40 years of war in sight?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, could very well turn out to be the beginning of something good for the civil service.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 03:00am EST

Senate bill aims to strengthen Freedom of Information Act

A Senate committee has approved legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 07:00pm EST

Budget request reveals Army still in transition mode

The Army's budget request details a branch in transition, from both a military and financial perspective.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 06:00pm EST

Unions gather troops for battle over pay, sequestration

AFGE and NTEU -- the two biggest labor unions in the federal government -- bring members to Washington to persuade Republican lawmakers to support a pay raise and repeal sequestration.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:12pm EST

Carter promises 'leaner' Pentagon if confirmed as Defense secretary

Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 12:24pm EST
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Second defeat for GOP on Homeland, immigration bill

No certain path to compromise as lawmakers joust over immigration, Homeland Security funding

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:26am EST

Chaffetz supports a federal pay raise but wants something in return

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee tells NTEU members that he wants their help in ridding the federal workforce of bad actors.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 03:27pm EST

Obama budget to fix IRS' service woes, says commissioner

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen wants to get his agency to a point where Americans can make all their tax transactions online, and told the Senate Finance Committee that it needs funding close to what President Barack Obama has proposed.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 12:26pm EST

Dems block action on DHS-Immigration bill

Senate Democrats have blocked action on legislation that provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security and rolls back President Barack Obama's steps to shelter millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. from deportation.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:50am EST

Congress must force DoD, VA to work together as part of military compensation overhaul

In their first round of congressional testimony, members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission cited glaring gaps between the policies and services provided by DoD and VA. Their report found that existing systems to bridge the gap are mostly a paperwork exercise.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:14am EST
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